Nine people from the Fremont area met at the Sandusky County Park District office, then carpooled to the meadows around the Sandusky Bay. Tom Kashmir, founder of the Green Creek Wildlife Society, led the procession. They divided up into two teams and began searching for Monarchs to tag. the Monarch butterflies are beginning their 2,800 miles migration to Mexico. A total of 13 Monarch butterflies were spotted, and the group netted and banded 5.
|Teams search for Monarchs|
|Kashmir holds male Monarch|
|A tag is placed on wing|
Between 1992 and 2011, over 16,000 Monarch Watch tag recoveries have been made. Every fall, tens of millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) travel up to 3,000 miles in their migration—monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains make their way to central Mexico and those west of the Rockies fly to the California coast. They migrate farther than any other butterfly. As they return north in the spring, the monarchs mate, lay eggs on milkweed in the South, and die. After hatching, the next generation of caterpillars metamorphose and finish the journey.
Traveling from southern Canada and across the U.S., monarchs fly up to 80 miles a day, stopping to feed on nectar and to rest. Many people delight in watching these vibrant butterflies pass through their neighborhood.
Much of their spring and summer habitat in the U.S. has been ruined by new roads, housing developments, and expanding agriculture. Monarch larvae's only food source—milkweed—has been destroyed by people who consider it a harmful weed. Pesticides and herbicides threaten milkweed, nectaring plants on which the adults feed, and the monarchs themselves.
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